When asked about their experience at Hawai'i Community College, many students comment on the welcoming atmosphere and the supportive instructors who helped them succeed on their academic journey.
Hawai‘i Community College strives to create this supportive 'ohana by embracing the concept of Kauhale. Kauhale traditionally means Hawaiian Village and is an 'ohana of administrators, faculty, staff, students, their families, and the Hawaiʻi Island community that contributes measurably to the success of our college's mission and outcomes. Kauhale maximizes the "community" in our mission through dialogue, planning, innovation, and assessment across traditional college divisions and units. Kauhale enables all members of the college ʻohana to recognize and celebrate our own individual skills, knowledge, and experiences as well as the skills, knowledge, and experiences of others. Kauhale unites all components of Hawaiʻi Community College into an "academic village without walls" for the overall success of our learners, the learners' communities and their families, in the spirit of E ʻImi Pono (seeking excellence).
The Kauhale Initiative is one example of how the college embraces Hawaiian culture and diversity, but there are many others.
- Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao Initiative
- Kauhale Initiative
- Ha'akūmalae Protocols Program
- Hālaulani Transfer Success Program
- Paepae ʻŌhua Native Hawaiian Student Success Center
- An Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies Degree Program
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